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Bug 82099

Summary: man output garbled
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: stuart newman <stuart.newman>
Component: groffAssignee: Thomas Woerner <twoerner>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Version: 8.0CC: awol, gczarcinski
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Description stuart newman 2003-01-17 15:05:30 UTC
Description of problem:
Output from the man command is garbled.  For example, from a telnet session:

RPM(8)                           Red Hat Linux                          RPM(8)

       rpm â<88><92> RPM Package Manager

       rpm {â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>q|â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>query}

       rpm {â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>V|â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>verify

       rpm â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>import PUBKEY ...

       rpm {â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>K|â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>checks
           PACKAGE_FILE ...

       rpm {â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>i|â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>instal

       rpm {â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>U|â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>upgrad

       rpm {â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>F|â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>â<80><90>^Hâ<80><90>freshe
Output in an Xterm session is also garbled, but different.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce: rpm
Actual results:
garbled output

Expected results:
clear output

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-01-30 05:21:28 UTC
*** Bug 83020 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2003-02-06 16:41:51 UTC
*** Bug 83500 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Eido Inoue 2003-02-07 20:18:35 UTC
this is a groff/unicode error

Comment 4 Florian La Roche 2003-02-08 00:17:03 UTC
This seems to work with the newest rpms in rawhide: groff-1.18.1-11 and


Florian La Roche

Comment 5 stuart newman 2003-02-10 14:17:26 UTC
How do I access these updated modules?

Comment 6 stuart newman 2003-02-10 14:18:13 UTC
Shouldn't errata be created for psyche?

Comment 7 Florian La Roche 2003-02-10 14:34:59 UTC
No, normally only security updates are done.


Florian La Roche

Comment 8 stuart newman 2003-02-10 18:41:54 UTC
This fixed everything I can see but the apostrophe (') character. It displays 
as â<80><99>.

Comment 9 Florian La Roche 2003-02-10 19:34:02 UTC
Please specify what exactly you are running, what versions and why this should
be a problem.


Florian La Roche

Comment 10 stuart newman 2003-02-10 19:35:54 UTC
I am running Red Hat 8.0 with groff 1.18.1-11 and man 1.5k-5.  The command is 
man rpm.

Comment 11 Florian La Roche 2003-02-10 19:59:02 UTC
Works for me with current versions. Probably a setup problem on your end
to not have a UTF-8 console?

Florian La Roche

Comment 12 stuart newman 2003-02-10 20:00:53 UTC
How do I set up a UTF-8 console.  The term type is vt100.  How do I set up to 
use plain old ASCII?

Comment 13 Stephen Samuel 2003-02-24 11:13:42 UTC
> Probably a setup problem on your end to not have a UTF-8 console?

Saying that it's a setup problem not to have something set up that almost nobody
knows about seems , well, SILLY.

BTW: my quickest workaround was to 
setenv LC_ALL=C
This sets the local to old-style ascii, where everything seems to work much better
(including a 50x increase in grep's speed in some instances)

Comment 14 Thomas Woerner 2004-04-22 12:19:09 UTC
Should be fixed with the rawhide packages of groff and man.

Comment 15 Thomas Woerner 2004-06-14 16:01:01 UTC
Closing due to user inactivity.